In the 11:00 service, Disciple Now weekend will wrap up. D-Now is an intense weekend of spiritual growth for our teenagers, including worship, small group Bible study, a local ministry project, and recreation. The theme this year is "Identity." Be in prayer for the students involved in D-Now, and get ready for worship led by guest worship leader Jake Fauber, and a message from our D-Now speaker, Joey Dodson.
The 8:30 service will be more familiar. I'm preaching a message (unconnected to my current series) called "Habits of Unspiritual People." Here's a little preview:
A while back, I pondered preaching a series I was going to call, “The Biggest Losers of the Bible.” I was going to talk about all the people the Bible presents as failures, negative examples who missed God's plan. I had quite a list of characters. Some were real villains, the type we like to boo and hiss at in the movies, like the Pharaoh in Exodus, Jezebel, Haman, and Caiaphas the high priest. There were also people who were not necessarily evil incarnate, but for one reason or another they left God’s path, and paid for it. These would include Cain and Judas, Ananias and Sapphira, among others. King Saul belongs in that second group, too. He’s definitely the bad guy in the story of David’s rise to the throne. But he’s a pitiful figure. We don’t hate him, we weep for him. As I think about those big losers of the Bible, I see that they have some things in common. This Sunday, we'll look at the story of Saul’s shocking fall, and talk about the characteristics of those who fail spiritually.